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Xiaomi Mi A1 review: Hardware and Camera

Even the Xiaomi Mi A1 is really a somewhat solid and well rounded package. The capable innards are placed at a premium metallic chassis that looks great. At the daytime the double cameras shine, and its predecessors merit a much larger price. Even the Redmi Note 4 boasted an exemplary 4,000 mAh batterylife, however, Xiaomi has kept the capacity little together with the Mi A at 3,080 mAh. Battery life was still great in our testing, although perhaps not far above ordinary. Standby times were especially impressive, possibly thanks for the a variety of optimizations in stock Android.

Be aware that the battery lifetime screen shots above reflect Bailey's experience while using the the Mi A1 to a 3G system in the United States. We expect that actual battery life when using the apparatus onto a suitable 4G network won't be as impressive. The Xiaomi Mi A1 additionally supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge technology, and also the bundled 2A charger frees the device from zero to 100% within just two hours, which is good although not remarkable.


The Mi A1 packs in 6 4 GB of internal storage that ought to be sufficient for a lot of people, though there's a micro sd card slot which means you're able to enlarge its capacity up to still another 128 GB. You might need to give up one of the two nano SIM card slots to do so, nevertheless. A whole lot of people who use only one SIM or so are satisfied with 64 GB of storage won't mind this, however there is a vocal set of users who will hate the lack of flexibility.

The Mi A1 also sports an infrared emitter that works perfectly with a variety of home appliances via the Mi Remote app. We love watching this particular feature, because it has become rather rare in the past several decades. Audio output through the single bottom-firing speaker is pretty good. The noise is loud, albeit marginally distorted. Overall, it's about average for this price.

It isn't the very first new to get this done, but it is the very first one to offer 2x lossless optical zoom in its own segment. The camera setup comprises a 12 MP wide angle 26mm f/2.2 lens and also another 1 2 MP 50mm f/2.6 rear lens, with a dual tone LED flash. In ideal lighting conditions, the camera on the Mi A1 manages to shoot a few really good portrait shots with natural looking colors. Most shots had clearly defined borders and just the right blurring. In a few cases, it even overdid the blurring, though. The landscape shots were also impressive and offered true colour reproduction and great sharpness.

In low light situations, photos lack detail and also excess noise cancelling in. Unlike in daytime, these shots didn't capture color well. The portrait mode is almost useless in low-light conditions, too. Photos taken with the flash came out better, but I really don't usually want to simply take photos that way. As the Mi A1 does have period detection auto focus (PDAF), it sometimes has an instant before locking on into this niche. When it does, it is usually true even in difficult lighting requirements.

The 5 MP front camera takes quite excellent selfies sufficient reason for face detection it locks on to your own face in a snap. The details are quite striking in good lighting conditions, though it cannot be compared to some other mobiles from industry with a particular focus in front camera optics. Xiaomi claims that its portrait style can match the performance of the iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5, however that's a stretch. Because of its price it's impressive and it claws depth-of-field shots. If you really do well, you would certainly be able to handle some incredible portraits and bokeh shots from the Mi A1.

Overall, apart from under-whelming low-light performance, the results on the dual cameras over the Mi A1 wont disappoint you. As the Mi A1 runs stock Android, Xiaomi offers its own Camera program. When in thickness manner, the Camera app guides you in shooting portraits suggesting appropriate space and lighting that is quite handy for new or amateur users.